I didn’t participate in Sidey’s weekend challenge ‘Birthday Party’ last week, as I was away and offline. However, earlier this week I received an order for a birthday cake that would have made an excellent contribution to the challenge. The theme of the party was ‘camouflage’ and the cake had to fit in. Initially the client wanted camouflage icing, but I explained that icing is not my big thing and asked if tiny toy soldiers dressed in camouflage would suffice as decoration of the cake.


My trawl of the local toy store yielded larger soldiers than I wanted, so I would have to make the cake larger to get the proportion right.

The brief was not very specific: it was the birthday boy’s 50th and he adores chocolate in any form. I set to making the choc cakes, sandwiched them with a melted BarOne fondant wedged with mini Chomp bars.


All assembled and all that I had to do was fill the centre with nut truffle, but a problem arose: one of the blokes simply refused to hold a weapon. I tried a rifle, a grenade … he wouldn’t even hold his walkie-talkie. I asked my Facebook friends for help. 75 comments yielded hilarious suggestions:

“He is clearly not infantry or the comms officer – try a tampon, maybe he is a medic!!”

“Can a Barbie wineglass fit into the soldier’s hand? Use a teensy dash of Prestik to hold it in place….and once the cake is where it is going to stay until its cut a drop of my merlot can be poured into the glass… “

“It’s too big, I am waiting for Our Alice to finish washing the floor, then I will go and hunt for a candle that will fit, probably the best solution, because the dude won’t hold his walkie talkie either, stubborn bastard …”

In the end I conceded defeat and gave the man a handbag, with a little note in it.

Clearly, this particular soldier is the kind we need more of to make a better world?


78 Comments Add yours

  1. siggiofmaine says:

    A WoW idea cake…I like the double bundt cakes…and the soldiers that were anti-weapons…☺
    Cake looks YUMMY.
    The cartoon is perfect. Love it.
    ☮ ♥ Siggi in Downeast Maine

    1. theonlycin says:

      Happy weekend siggi 🙂

  2. SidevieW says:

    I think the last thing I ever expected from you was a post on soldiers! wonderful little plastic man. you should have given him a flower to hold.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I should have thought of that!

  3. slpmartin says:

    Just came in from dinner and a jazz perfomance…this finished off my evening perfectly…now to bed.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Rest well, my friend 🙂

  4. BHWAHAHAHAHA! Brings back memories of when we were forced to do National Service! ‘It’s raining men,,,,Hallelujah!……’

    1. theonlycin says:

      Misheard lyrics “Israeli men, hallelujah, Israeli men” … bwahahaha!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Madmom, my dort told me yesterday that my cakes are really ugly but taste good ;p

  5. bluebee says:

    ha,ha – a bit of The Village People’s YMCA going on in that cake – the only weapon that one’s wielding is death by chocolate – yummo!

  6. What a fun afternoon you had! Sorry I missed the FB giggles.
    Awesome cake!
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was very funny Mandy 😀

  7. Well, who’d have thought it. A pacifist in combats.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, if only they were all like that 🙂

  8. Colleen says:

    HAHA! I think that cake was perfect. And we know the birthday boy and guests loved it. Well done! Have a good weekend xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, my lovely friend xxx

  9. Yeah, he looks like a Bazooka man to me… I’m just glad you didn’t have him jump…”Out of the Cake”
    Love the cake ..
    God Bless you

    1. theonlycin says:

      Now why didn’t I think of that??? Bless you too Paul 🙂

  10. Tandy says:

    how sweet, the soldier carrying a bag 🙂 Have a super Friday, it is raining here xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s glorious here 🙂

  11. Sparkle says:

    Haha! Looks great and I can hear you had loads of fun. The cake looks like the sort of caves the soldiers hide in in the bushes!
    A lil’ update, I had great fun yesterday, it seems I started work on a nice footing. The office ladies where given a day off at the royal hotel, nice prizes where won and goody bags with tid bits where given. One of them had a kinky bottom less underwear Cin, hehe! Wine(sparkling) tasting, I had to laugh when I was showed the correct way of holding a wine glass. There is a good wine shop Cin here in town called Morara. And the pyramid day spa pampered us with (free) massages. We had fun.

    1. theonlycin says:

      That sounds very special, I am so happy for you 🙂

  12. Leeswammes says:

    Nice cake, Cindy! I love the toy soldiers defending the cake!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It seems to have been a hit 🙂

  13. sarsm says:

    What a great cake. Stubborn soldier indeed!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit 🙂

  14. SuziCate says:

    I absolutely love that you gave him a purse with a note! I would think that made the cake even more special! I’m sure they got a big kick out of it and probably tried all night to get that soilder to hold something, anything!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Feedback said it was a highlight of the party 🙂

  15. gospelwriter says:

    Clearly, this particular soldier is the kind we need more of to make a better world? – Too true!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wouldn’t it be nice? …

  16. Hahaha…clearly 50 is not too old for toy soldiers! Cute cake, Cindy! 🙂

  17. ceciliag says:

    Oh i was having a lovely time coasting through your shots, everything sweet and yummy and then that joke at the end, I have a number of gay friends in the theatre and film world and they would LOVE that! Plus the cake I am sure!! made me laugh! c

    1. theonlycin says:

      Then my work here is done 😀

  18. souldipper says:

    There’s the proof. Chocolate does turn people into pacifists! Yeay!

    1. theonlycin says:

      More chocolate to the world at large 😀

  19. nursemyra says:

    I love that cartoon!!! Must send it to my son 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope it made him smile 🙂

  20. nrhatch says:

    Wonderful cake, Cin! Yummo!

  21. Naomi says:

    LOL!!! Brilliant post, cake & cartoon, Cindy…thanks for a great laugh & trust the birthday boy will love it!

  22. adeeyoyo says:

    Ooh, Cindy, I love this cake and the soldiers,but I think it MAY be a bit rich for me!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Rich doesn’t begin to describe it, adee 🙂

  23. libraryscene says:

    Oml, what a cake…i’d say it in itself is the weapon! If you can eat a slice and survive the sugar shock, you’ve won! cheers ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe … I am told there were diabetics at the party :O

  24. Steffi says:

    Cool cake,Cin!Have a great weekend and enjoy it.Hope to hear from you soon again ;)).

    1. theonlycin says:

      On my way to visit you shortly, Steffi 🙂

  25. johnlmalone says:

    a wonderful and illuminating blog; you get the most challenging commisions but you always come up trumps; clearly a professional 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, John, you’re very kind 🙂

  26. earlybird says:

    Great post – loved the step by step description! The cake looked totally delicious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      As long as my clients are happy 🙂

  27. So cool. Very tasty, such a fan of the chocolate on chocolate in chocolate cake. Mmmmm. Shall I put in an order now? :)My birthday is on the 31st Jan. Lol! Hope you had a fantastic weekend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      An aquarius chef, how wow is that ??? 🙂

  28. How creative. I hope the ‘boy’ liked it 🙂 Certainly sounds like he would remember it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think it made him happy 🙂

  29. Kathy Larson says:

    very inventive! and no doubt delicious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Only good feedback 🙂

  30. granny1947 says:

    You are SUCH a clever girl…damn…chocolate cake…I am anti chocolate cake at the moment!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ooops, no cake when I’m in CT in January then 😉

  31. Pseu says:

    Maybe he should have a poem in his plastic bag, on the futility of war? !

    1. Pseu says:

      or a note that says “conscientious objector”

      1. theonlycin says:

        Brilliant idea 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      Why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

  32. Jamie Dedes says:

    Oh! Where were you when my son was little? … Of course, I actually think you guys are about the same age!! LOL!

    It’s really a great cake. Original.

    P.S.: love the cartoon …

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your son is 47, Jamie? You hardly look 40 yourself!

  33. Tokeloshe says:

    Very well done!

    Love the cartoon 😉

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